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Does Sustainable Forest Management Actually Protect Forests?

Mongabay.com 02/03/16

A new study finds an uptick in Congo deforestation despite the implementation of sustainable forest management (SFM).

The One Thing We Still Need In Order To Get To A Low-Carbon Economy

Ensia 02/01/16

Pension funds, insurance companies, and other investors who manage trillions of dollars have an enormous opportunity to change the future by investing in clean energy.

Play! A Bottom-Up Design Process in Lebanon

01/29/16

CatalyticAction is in the process of developing playgrounds for refugee children to close the education gap.

The Emergence of Subversive Charities in China

Stanford Social Innovation Review 01/27/16

A new type of charity has emerged in China that is able to sidestep some of the controls that the government places on NGOs.

Southern Africa, a Region Chronically at Risk

Irene Pedruelo 01/25/16

Southern Africa is preparing for a humanitarian disaster. Daniel Sinnathamby, regional humanitarian coordinator for Oxfam in the region, talks about the circumstances that are making this year especially challenging.

From Child Slavery to Freedom

Project Syndicate 01/22/16

Kailash Satyarthi explains why 5.5 million kids remain in servitude—and what must be done to end the practice.

Urban Farming is Booming, But What Does it Really Yield?

Ensia 01/20/16

The benefits of city-based agriculture go far beyond nutrition.

Putting Children at The Center of the end of AIDS

The Lancet Global Health 01/15/16

Despite the global effort to scale up antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS treatment, children have largely been left behind.

How Individual Donors Can Help Build Movements

Stanford Social Innovation Review 01/13/16

It's difficult to know how—and where—to engage in risky work that may not yield results for a long time. Three lessons can help.

Is Sharing Really Green?

Ensia 01/11/16

Many have sung the sharing economy's environmental praises, but evidence may not be there to back up their claims.

Feeding a Flawed Society

Project Syndicate 01/08/16

Paul R. Ehrlich & John Harte argue that ensuring food security for a surging population will require fundamental social change.

Are Non-Profits Getting in the Way of Social Change?

Stanford Social Innovation Review 01/06/16

Solving major social problems is now possible, but not unless the organizations that have been most responsible for making a difference change significantly.

"World Hunger: Ten Myths" by Frances Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins

Amrita Gupta 01/04/16

Chapter by chapter, Frances Moore Lappé and her co-authors demolish the myths that have long prevented us from addressing hunger, and examine the policies that keep people from feeding themselves.

Making Big Bets for Social Change

Stanford Social Innovation Review 12/23/15

Why does such a large gap exist between what donors say they would like to achieve with their philanthropy and where they actually make their biggest bets? And how can we close it?

Silicon Valley Everywhere

Project Syndicate 12/18/15

For the first time, "unicorns" (start-ups that reach a valuation of more than $1 billion) are no longer the exclusive preserve of the United States.

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